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Old 01-23-2003, 11:28 AM   #15
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Go for the Gusto!

I am a big believer in good hitches. After all, the hitch is the only thing connecting the trailer to your tow vehicle. I, myself, have a Class V hitch on my Jimmy. It cost $30 more than the Class III, when I bought it, and I never have to worry about whether or not my hitch can take it. Also, I hook on a heavy tow strap to pull a lot of folks out of the ditch in the winter (including a semi tractor and flatbed trailer during the big Texas blizzard of 2001 -- I just wish a TV crew had been there to see it!! It was the highlight of my life -- an S15 Jimmy pulling a full-size tractor-trailer rig out of a snowbank!) Granted, in that case, I was overloading even a Class V hitch, but hey -- you can only go so far!
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Old 01-23-2003, 11:49 AM   #16
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would have been a picture

Paul??? you mean you don't carry a camera with you at all times, for just this sort of emergency. better start. you know how we like pictures. glad you could help the guy.
I use to carry a shovel. I didn't really need to, I had a 4x4 Honda, I stopped and ask these two big guys stuck in a ditch if they needed my help. Now you need to know this Honda was one of those funny looking little wagons back in the 80's. The guys looked at my Honda then their vehicle in the ditch and kind of snickered. I just grinned and said I have a shovel. different story now. they grabbed the shovel and went to work. they got right out after that. I'm not sure, but I think it was a jeep. :lol made my day. I haven't carried a shovel since, and don't know why I did then. fate
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Old 01-23-2003, 01:20 PM   #17
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double axle

Benita? do your remember that Bigfoot of Rick's I had forgotten, but it's a double just like yours.
look at it here.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/read.php?TID=1139

He must be camping, other wise I'm sure he would have said something. maybe in a day or two. :)
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Old 01-23-2003, 01:56 PM   #18
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Tow Vehicles

Jana,

I was hoping to stay smaller with my tow vehicle. I was thinking Buick Rendevous (3500# tow rating), Land Rover Freelander (2500#) or Mazda Tribute (2500-3000#). All this new info puts me in Durango, Dakota, Blazer, Jimmy (all 4000# plus), Axiom (4000#) territory. I'm not sure I want to be there.

At any rate, whatever it is, it is going to be used - but hopefully not abused.
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Old 01-23-2003, 04:27 PM   #19
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not too big

I understand wanting to go small. Like I drive an Escape. :r
that Durango of Ricks looks small next to that bigfoot of his.

all kidding aside. I guess I got the impression you wanted a large roomy something. mine has people room but limited pkg room. I always though Blazers and Jimmys were about the size of mine or smaller. but havn't looked. Think Suz has an Aziom. I know nothing about them. I can get a class III on mine, but don't want the trailer weighing more then the vehicle plus I might have to hitch it by myself.
I had so much fun looking for the perfect car before I bought mine. Did someone give you that Edmond site. that's where I spent as much time as possable when I was searching. you see sizes an compare with different brands. If you were close by, I'd hunt with you.
I kind of did mine backwards. I wasn't planning to ever pulling anything. only got the hitch because it came with the 4x4. bought my trailer to fit my car/truck.
Benita, do you know what you want in a vehicle without mentioning Brands? mine were, 4x4, mpg, set four with leg room, tall (my Tom can't get in mustang types) park anywere small.
I'm rambling, hope I didn't just confuse you more.
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Old 01-23-2003, 04:53 PM   #20
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Axles and Tow Vehicles

I'm moving this to another thread since we've stopped talking about axle merits.
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Old 01-23-2003, 05:17 PM   #21
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Nice trailer!

Must put in my <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e3075a3f0770twocents.gif/> Benita ,I would not like to own a 16' that had single axle.Not that you would want to take what I say for gospel, but I think you will be very happy.Just my gut feeling .What is the weight of your fiber stream?
Gross weight I mean.
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Old 01-23-2003, 05:32 PM   #22
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Weights

The trailer weighs about the same as a 16 foot Deluxe Casita.

It weighed 2,220 empty, that's including miscellaneous stuff like spare tires, a big wooden box of wood levelers and chocks. It has roof, AC, propane furnace and a full bath. The tongue weight is 220. The axle weight per axle is 2000 pounds.

Since the trailer has a wood interior, I'm guessing it should also be in the same weight range as a Scamp Deluxe. This will remain a subject of speculation until the day, Scamp actually updates its weights and gives enough info to calculate what the options will do to GVW.
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Old 01-23-2003, 08:21 PM   #23
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Sure, I carry a camera!

Jana, yes, I always carry a camera when travelling (and, in this case, I was on my way to the wedding of a favorite neice), but I was the guy doing the driving! I couldn't very well take pictures. Besides, I'm not sure the semi driver would have really liked it -- I think he might have been a little embarrassed along with his gratefulness. It really was a funny thing, though! By the time I got backed up to him and had the tow strap hooked up, we had a small crowed gathered to see the show (It happened just near a truckstop on the outskirts of town -- he had slid trying to turn into the truckstop, and buried it in). That was right at the time that GM was running their "amazing stories" ad campaign, and it would have been perfect.
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Old 01-24-2003, 11:44 AM   #24
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One of the main reasons I went with a 21.5 foot Bigfoot instead of the 17 foot was for the double axle. I just have more confidence that a blow-out will not send Sue and I in the ditch. My Durango has a class IV hitch which I think is rated at 6000 lbs. The gears, and towing package enable my 4x4 to tow about 7200 lbs. My trailer is 3500 lbs dry or about 4500 lbs loaded. I've got trailer brakes, always watch the tire pressures and have the hitch level.

Keep it under 65MPH and stay safe !
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Old 06-10-2003, 10:02 PM   #25
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Flat tire changing the easy way

Another good thing about a double axle is being able to change a flat without a jack. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel with the flat while it is still on the ground. Place a board, rock or anything you can drive the good tire on and stop on top of it. Change the flat, drive off the rock or board and finish tightening the lug nuts with both tires back on the ground and you should be ready to go again.:jump-r
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Old 06-14-2003, 05:40 PM   #26
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If I were designing trailers I would use 1 axle for little trailers, two axles for big trailers and three axles for huge trailers.:)

The 21ft Streamline we had many years ago did just fine with a single axle and 235X75-15 tires, but was perhaps a bit marginal. Our 26ft Avion has 2 axles. I have opened up the wheel wells and use 31X10.50-15 tires on 8 inch wide wheels. It tracks beautifully.

Our 16 ft Scamp has a single axle with 13 inch mags that were originally on a Fiat sports car and 185X70-13 radial tires and it tracks beautifully.

But wouldn't it look cool with tandem axles or how about a triple axle setup on an egg? Who cares about efficiency when the coolness one-up-manship is factored into the equation?
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Old 06-15-2003, 02:37 PM   #27
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17' Blowout

Rick,
I had a blow out on my 17' bigfoot the second time out. I first noticed it when I saw sparks through my extended rear view mirror. I gently slowed down and pulled off the road. No problem with handling. If I hadn't noticed the sparks, I not sure how long I would've driven. The sparks were from the U-bolt nuts hanging below the axle dragging on the road. I changed the tire easily and carried on. At the next Bigfoot dealer, I had the U-bolts replaced and other than the shredded tire, damage was limited to some surface cracks in the fender (which I replaced). Other than the expense of repairing the damage, it was not a frightening experience.
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